As cancer treatments are often complex, hospitals use multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) to treat cervical cancer and tailor the treatment programme to the individual. The prospect of a complete cure is good for cervical cancer diagnosed at an early stage, although the chances of a complete cure decrease the further the cancer has spread.
In cases where cervical cancer isn't curable, it's often possible to slow its progression, prolong lifespan and relieve any associated symptoms, such as pain and vaginal bleeding. This is known as palliative care.Surgery to remove the cancer depends on the location and extent of cervical cancer and your desire to be able to have children. You also may be given radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of the two (chemo radiation). These treatments may be given before or after surgery to try to destroy any cancer cells that may remain or to help control or shrink the tumour.
Deciding About the Treatment
The doctor will advise you on the best treatment for you. Treatment options will depend on the results of your tests, the location of the cancer and whether it has spread, your age and general health, and whether you would like to have children in the future.
The most common treatment for cervical cancer is surgery and combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy (chemoradiation). Surgery is recommended for women who have small tumours that are confined to the Cervix. The type of surgery depends upon the how far within the Cervix the cancer has spread. Hysterectomy, Trachelectomy are some of the surgeries performed.
You will feel better within six weeks, but again it depends on person to person. It might take longer than six weeks or shorter. You will have to take proper care at home. Rest as much as possible in the initial weeks and avoid lifting heavy weights for at least a month. You can also do mild exercise after consulting with your doctor. Drink plenty of water and eat lots of vegetables to avoid constipation.
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